Schools that do not make the grade each year are put on the eligibility list for Public School Choice reform. At that time, non-profits, teachers or charter operators can apply to revamp failing campuses. These entities can choose to operate completely separate from the school district, or they can work within district guidelines to produce a brand new educational system specifically geared to that school and the children who attend.
This year, according to MercuryNews.com, there are 26 existing schools and 17 new campuses that are eligible for Public School Choice Reform.
The Intercultural Development Research Association describes school choices as follows:
"In reality, school choice means very different things in different contexts. From the many versions of choice, we can construct three broad categories. First, there are choice programs within a single public school district. These local, “controlled choice” plans seek to expand educational options. Second, there are interdistrict and statewide public school plans. These seek to establish a public marketplace of schools through competition for enrollment. Third, there are voucher plans that include private schools. These seek to create an unrestricted marketplace of competing public, private, and parochial schools."
This video explains school choice.
- Customized curriculum that addresses the specific needs of students in each school
- Innovation that moves well beyond standard ideas implemented by the school district
- Higher test scores at some of the charter schools that have been a part of the Public School Choice reform
- Longer school days and years for a more rigorous educational process overall